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post #11 of 23 Old 08-04-2011, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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I would have him gelded as soon as I could. Are you saying I can't let weaning happen naturally? Yes- I guess you can tell I don't know a lot but please bare with me- I am trying to learn!



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I would have him gelded as soon as I could. Are you saying I can't let weaning happen naturally? Yes- I guess you can tell I don't know a lot but please bare with me- I am trying to learn!
You can let a foal wean naturally - I have done so often. But then I had a sizeable herd with multiple foals and a large pasture with a lake and lots of things to keep youngsters occupied, in which case they are usually weaned around 6 months - sometimes a tad longer. But if you only have a few horses and limited facilities, the little buggers will nurse for a year sometimes because they get bored...
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You can let a foal wean naturally - I have done so often. But then I had a sizeable herd with multiple foals and a large pasture with a lake and lots of things to keep youngsters occupied, in which case they are usually weaned around 6 months - sometimes a tad longer. But if you only have a few horses and limited facilities, the little buggers will nurse for a year sometimes because they get bored...
Would it hurt the mare or colt in any way if he does decide to nurse for a year? I definitely have limited facilities!



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We recently had a colt and his dam come in. The colt was eleven months old and suckling enough that the mare had become emanciated(sp?) due to lack of nutrition in her food. Suckling takes a lot out of a mare, and as the colt grows he'll drink more and more- thus robbing larger amounts of nutrience from his mother. Remember that an animal's body will serve first the offspring, then the mother. It's just how things work.

Knowing that, it is ALWAYS a better idea to just wean yourself. It's a sound, safe, healthy way to ensure that both mare and foal stay in good condition. Have you considered makeshift panels? You could borrow or buy some, and just make a small pen for the colt for the month that he needs to be away from his mother. You could make this of either electric tape (might need to back this up, depending on colt's strength and agility) wood, metal panels (most expensive but ensures the colt not getting to mama) or anything else strong enough for a horse ;)

Do remember though, that if the mare and foal can see eachother, weaning may take longer and be harder for both of them. It will mean a lot of calling back and forth and pacing.

Is there anyone who can take one of them in for a short time? In another thread I know you mentioned the possibility of turning out the both of them with some llamas or something of the such...could you try bringing the mare into there, or vice versa?

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We recently had a colt and his dam come in. The colt was eleven months old and suckling enough that the mare had become emanciated(sp?) due to lack of nutrition in her food. Suckling takes a lot out of a mare, and as the colt grows he'll drink more and more- thus robbing larger amounts of nutrience from his mother. Remember that an animal's body will serve first the offspring, then the mother. It's just how things work.

Knowing that, it is ALWAYS a better idea to just wean yourself. It's a sound, safe, healthy way to ensure that both mare and foal stay in good condition. Have you considered makeshift panels? You could borrow or buy some, and just make a small pen for the colt for the month that he needs to be away from his mother. You could make this of either electric tape (might need to back this up, depending on colt's strength and agility) wood, metal panels (most expensive but ensures the colt not getting to mama) or anything else strong enough for a horse ;)

Do remember though, that if the mare and foal can see eachother, weaning may take longer and be harder for both of them. It will mean a lot of calling back and forth and pacing.

Is there anyone who can take one of them in for a short time? In another thread I know you mentioned the possibility of turning out the both of them with some llamas or something of the such...could you try bringing the mare into there, or vice versa?

Be creative ^_^ horses often call for sharp minds and crazy ideas!
So true ! The deal with the llamas is that they're way out of town at a friend's house and it's a have-to thing only because of the distance. I understand how it could be draining on the mare and she is already a little skinny from the pregnancy. I may be able to cut off a section with some electrical fence but that would mean the colt couldn't get into shelter for a month.



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Our little guy has pretty much stopped nursing on his own, but he will still be separated from his dam this month. We would have done it sooner, but another horse of ours got hurt last month and was put on stall rest.
The other filly we raised had to be separated from her mother to wean her. She was still nursing at 6 months. We separated the two for several months to wean the baby. The filly still tried to nurse when we put her back in with the other horses, but her Mom was dried up by then & wouldn't let her.

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I may be able to cut off a section with some electrical fence but that would mean the colt couldn't get into shelter for a month.
It is a mini colt, right?

It should not be overly complicated to toss together something that will work for shelter for a mini for a month.

Heck, even a large dog house would work.
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It is a mini colt, right?

It should not be overly complicated to toss together something that will work for shelter for a mini for a month.

Heck, even a large dog house would work.
Yep, he's a mini. I don't know where I could find a large dog house (my dog's using hers)..... but I'll figure something out.



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A calf hut is probably big enough.
A shipping crate turned on its side.
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I found a gigantic doghouse for free on Craigslist when I bought my goats. There are always doghouses listed, some are free, others are only a few $$$.
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